Padding press set-up (large padding press)
Prepping printed product and gluing into one or more notepads.
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Godfrey has 2 padding presses, this LAP is for the larger one.
These are the padding tools and parts of the press.
After you have printed, trim only one side
Draw lines through all the trim marks, it makes it easy and fast to trim you paper.
Trim only side to be padded.
Trim only the side you want to glue/pad together, you will see later why you do it this way. Line up the line with the cut in the cutting stick- that is exactly where it will trim. The pen shows the cut in the stick, the back cut it the one to line up to.
Strips to protect the press
Make some 2 inch wide by a bit longer than the side you will pad. Fold the long way like this…
Count out how many sheets you want in a pad, use the pad counter to close it down on the stack- tighten by lightly turning the handle. When you push the counter into a stack of sheets, it will divide the stack into approximately the number of sheets you counted.
Cut the chip board to fit
Cut it the same size as the stack of paper, cut as many pieces as you need to the stacks you counted out.
Place protector strips.
Place the bottom protector strip in the slot between the bottom and the backboard. place another folded protector strip on top of the pile.
Put the black clamp board on top
Place the second folded protector strip on top of the stack as shown, and place the top clamp board on top of that strip.
With the black clamp board on top, bring clamps down
Put the black clamp board on top of the protector strip on the top of the stack. Squeeze the release lever to bring the clamp to the top of the clamp board.
Lightly tighten the clamps
Lightly tighten the clamp, don’t over tighten, it will bow or break something!
Turn the stack around
Pull out the black pin pin on the left to rotate the whole table to the right. Replace the pin in the hole on the right.
Lift it up slightly, set aside on the floor leaning against table leg.
Apply padding compound
Remove the back and use the brush to smash/smear the compound on the stack. Make sure you don’t put too much. More is not always better. NOTE- see how the folder protector strips prevent the adhesive from getting on the press.
Wash out brush!
Padding compound is water based. Wash the brush in cold water, rubbing it with your fingers to clean it. Replace it by the padding press. Do NOT leave it by the sink.
It may take an hour or more to dry. You may use a hair dryer to speed this up.
Cut on the trim mark lines, since it was padded before trimming, it makes a neater stack!